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Men At Work - Be Good Johnny (Rockpalast 1982)

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Be Good Johnny on Wikipedia
"Be Good Johnny"
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Single by Men at Work
from the album Business as Usual
RecordedAutumn, 1981
GenreSynthpop, dance-rock, new wave
Writer(s)Colin Hay; Greg Ham[1]
Producer(s)Peter McIan
Men at Work singles chronology

"Be Good Johnny" is a song recorded by the Australian band Men at Work, from their first album, Business as Usual.

The song achieved moderate airplay on American radio stations, but did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 as it was not released in the United States as a physical single, a requirement for the chart at the time. However, it did chart on Billboard's Top Tracks, where it peaked at number three.


  • 1 Content
  • 2 Cover versions
  • 3 Chart positions
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The song is written from the viewpoint of a 9-year-old boy who is constantly being told to be good, but prefers to daydream rather than concentrate in class or play sports. Johnny feels like he understands some of his instructions, but also that he is completely misunderstood by the adult world.[2] The lead singer, Colin Hay, uses his voice in different ways throughout the song to imitate Johnny, Johnny's mother and father, and his teacher. The song also features spoken dialogue by keyboardist Greg Ham as he tries to figure out what Johnny is like. The title of the song is a reference to Johnny B. Goode.

Cover versions

Colin Hay covered a solo version on his album Man @ Work, and this version is used as the theme song of the British and American versions of the reality TV program Supernanny.


  1. ^ "Men At Work - Business As Usual (Vinyl, LP, Album)". 2015-01-18. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  2. ^ Be Good Johnny Song Facts SongFacts. Retrieved on January 7, 2007.
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Men At Work - Be Good Johnny". Archived from the original on 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics


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